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Next up: UNC - KU downs Davidson, returns to Final Four a 59-57 winner

The Jayhawks hoist the Midwest Regional trophy following their victory over Davidson on Sunday in Detroit. Kansas is trying to become the first league school in the Big 12 era to win a national championship.

The Jayhawks hoist the Midwest Regional trophy following their victory over Davidson on Sunday in Detroit. Kansas is trying to become the first league school in the Big 12 era to win a national championship.

March 30, 2008, 3:45 p.m. Updated March 30, 2008, 6:19 p.m.


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Final, KU wins 59-57

DETROIT, Mich. -Let the week of hype begin.

Thanks to a 59-57 Kansas University victory over Davidson Sunday in Detroit which was sweated out until the closing moments, the matchup everyone has been waiting for is set.

Bill Self and Kansas will take on Roy Williams and North Carolina next Saturday in San Antonio, as Sunday's victory propelled the Jayhawks to their first Final Four appearance since 2003. It also sets a Final Four field consisting of four No. 1 seeds for the first time since the field expanded to 64 teams 19 years ago.

Davidson sophomore Stephen Curry got his points, but on a rough shooting night overall, he still finished with 25 points. Jason Richards, who scored seven points for Davidson, had a shot at the game-winning three at the buzzer, but missed.

Mario Chalmers and Sasha Kaun led KU with 13 points apiece. Kaun's 13 off the bench were key, as he was the Jayhawks' most consistent low post threat all night. Brandon Rush added 12 and Darrell Arthur seven.

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:59.8, second half, KU leads 59-53

DETROIT, Mich. -Sasha Kaun dropped in two out of the timeout after a long range Davidson miss. Bryant Barr answered again for the Wildcats, scoring two in close off the glass. Darrell Arthur did the same thing on the other end, keeping KU ahead, 56-53.

Mario Chalmers missed a one-hander in close after the final TV timeout of regulation, but a missed three by Max Paulhus Gosselin for Davidson eventually sent Sasha Kaun to the free throw line following Andrew Lovedale's fifth and final foul of the game on the other end.

Kaun made one of two, putting KU up by four with just over two minutes to play.

Stephen Curry missed a three in transition off a Jason Richards steal against Sherron Collins, and Brandon Rush was fouled immediately after. Rush hit both bonus charities, putting the Jayhawks ahead by six with 1:15 to play.

6:11, second half, KU leads 52-51

DETROIT, Mich. -Bryant Barr hit a three off an inbounds pass for Davidson after the timeout, but after Stephen Curry blew a chance to extend the lead, Darnell Jackson slammed home two in transition. Barr then took another look in the corner and cashed a three to pull Davidson back to within one at 45-44.

Andrew Lovedale then put Davidson ahead with a turnaround jumper on the baseline which got a bit of help from the iron. The bucket had a foul call on Jackson to go along with it.

Lovedale missed the charity out of a timeout, but KU turned it back over under heavy defensive pressure. Bryant Barr then nailed his third three in a short time span from up top, giving Davidson a four-point lead with nine minutes to play. Sasha Kaun slipped it back down to two with a follow-up to a Mario Chalmers missed floater. Stephen Curry answered right back, giving himself 22 points on a pull-up jumper at the free throw line.

Mario Chalmers stole an errant pass out of a Bill Self timeout and scooted for an easy two to pull KU back within a bucket at 51-49, and Stephen Curry then missed an open three on the wing, giving KU a chance to tie or take the lead inside of seven minutes to play.

Sherron Collins' first field goal of the game gave the lead back to KU with 6:11 to play, hitting a straight-on three.

11:59, second half, KU leads 43-38

DETROIT, Mich. -Andrew Lovedale put in two going under the rack off an offensive rebound after a Stephen Curry three miss, putting Davidson up 37-35.

Brandon Rush put home his first three-pointer of the game in response, and Mario Chalmers had a chance to add two points in transition quickly after that following a steal, but it fell off the rim and was no good.

Sherron Collins extended the lead after a Lovedale miss to three points at 40-37, hitting a pair of free throws for his first points of the game.

Brandon Rush then put home a huge bucket driving off the glass while drawing a foul, putting the Jayhawks up by five. His free throw gave him 10 points and gave KU its biggest lead yet at 43-37.

Davidson's Jasoon Richards responded by getting to the free throw line, hitting one of two to pull the Wildcats back to within five with 11:59 to go.

15:51, second half, game tied 35-35

DETROIT, Mich. -Stephen Curry hit a two for Davidson after KU failed to score on its first possession out of the half, tying the game, 30-30.

Russell Robinson then missed a three from the wing on the other end. Curry then drowned a three with a hand in his face to put Davidson up three. Sasha Kaun dropped in two off a spin to pull the Jayhawks to within one, 33-32.

Jason Richards had a chance at an open three on the other end and missed, though after a Brandon Rush three miss, Thomas Sander scored two inside while drawing a foul, putting Davidson up three. He missed the free throw, and Sasha Kaun worked it back down to a one-point deficit again off an alley-oop slam. He missed the free throw to go with it, but KU turned it over off the offensive rebound. Max Paulhus Gosselin returned the favor, carrying the ball in transition and giving KU a chance to take back the lead.

Darnell Jackson tied it up, 35-35, hitting one of two free throws, making him 1-of-4 from the line on the afternoon. Sasha Kaun was called for a foul going after a defensive board, taking the game into a full timeout with him having three fouls after that whistle.

Halftime, game tied 28-28

DETROIT, Mich. -Darrell Arthur was called for a charge after losing the ball on his way to the bucket out of the Davidson breather, but Stephen Curry missed a three on the other end, giving KU a chance for possibly the last shot of the half. Darnell Jackson chipped in a tough two inside, and Davidson couldn't respond quick enough, with KU taking a 30-28 lead into the half.

Mario Chalmers led the Jayhawks with 11 points, while Stephen Curry, who has scored 30-plus points in all four career NCAA Tournament appearances heading into today, leads all scorers with 15. Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur have two fouls apiece for the Jayhawks.

1:17, first half, game tied 28-28

DETROIT, Mich. -Darrell Arthur fed Darnell Jackson for a tough two points in transition after the full break, and when Davidson brought the ball back up down two, KU applied a box-and-one zone defense.

The Wildcats went scoreless on their first possession, and Darrell Arthur was fouled going up for two on the other end, getting himself to the line for the first time. Arthur cashed one of two, making it a three-point game.

Stephen Curry tried for a three off a quick screen on the other end, but was fouled and got to the line for a trio of charities. He cashed all three, tying it again, 26-26.

3:58, first half, game tied 23-23

DETROIT, Mich. -Stephen Curry dropped in a soft floater after the timeout to put Davidson back up by three. The two teams then traded misses before Mario Chlamers smacked another three to give himself nine points and tie the game, 19-19.

Mario Chalmers scored again on his next opportunity, following a Jason Richards jumper. Curry answered that with another floater. KU then attacked the size advantage again for two inside, this time from Arthur.

Davidson then used a pair of solid post traps to force KU into timeouts under durress. After the second one, KU turned the ball over thanks to a shot clock violation.

Jason Richards aired a three just before a full timeout on the floor, with the game tied 23-23.

15:49, first half, game tied 2-2

DETROIT, Mich. - Brandon Rush controlled the game's opening tip for KU, but missed a three off a kick-out pass from Mario Chalmers, sending the ball with Davidson. The Wildcats couldn't score on their opening possession, but trapped and forced a loose ball tie-up to get the ball back on the other end.

Andrew Lovedale scored the game's first points off a lightning-quick feed from the perimeter from Jason Richards, dropping it in off the iron.

Sasha Kaun evened things by tipping in a Mario Chalmers up-and-under miss. He then grabbed a defensive board off a Stephen Curry awkward miss.

The two teams then traded misses, first with Darrell Arthur getting a shot swatted from behind by Lovedale, then Curry missing a three up top off a screen, keeping things knotted at 2-2.

Sasha Kaun then swatted a Lovedale look inside after Brandon Rush missed another three, giving KU another shot at grabbing the lead. Mario Chalmers kicked to Arthur, but a shot off the glass missed. Lovedale then missed again, this time from about 10 feet away.

The game went to a full break at 15:49, still tied 2-2.


DETROIT, Mich. - Some say the Midwest Region opened up in the NCAA Tournament for the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks. The biggest reason it 'opened up', though? No. 10 Davidson, who is the final team standing in KU's way in its quest to return to the Final Four for the first time since 2003.

A win today over the Tournament's favorite underdog would earn the first Final Four berth for KU coach Bill Self, who today coaches in his fifth Elite Eight game.

Davidson comes into today's game as hot as anyone, having already taken care of No. 7 Gonzaga, No. 2 Georgetown and, most recently, No. 3 Wisconsin. It's no secret who carries the bulk of Davidson's hopes on his shoulders. It's sophomore guard Stephen Curry, who wound up at the Southern Conference school after being passed up by several major programs along the East Coast. Curry has already scored 103 points in three games in this NCAA Tournament, including 33 in Friday's win over Wisconsin.

He wasn't alone, though, as senior point guard Jason Richards was as efficient as could be in running the offense, finishing with 13 assists to zero turnovers.

KU took care of No. 12 Villanova Friday with relative ease, following behind a game-high 16 points from Brandon Rush and 15 points coupled with suffocating defense from Russell Robinon. The Jayhawks won 72-57.

Today's game will tip at approximately 4:05 p.m. (CDT).

Stay tuned here for live game updates at each television timeout, halftime and after it's done.

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BrianR 7 years, 6 months ago

Davidson is getting Uncle Fluffy today, I was hoping this team wouldn't show anymore this year.

jonas 7 years, 6 months ago


jonas 7 years, 6 months ago

Since we won, I feel that I can, in fairness, say this.

@#$@%%@#$% that officiating. Absolute @#$@#%$ bull@#$!!

earthus 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm so glad that luck was on our side tonight! LUCK!

riverdrifter 7 years, 6 months ago

100% agreed on the officiating. Where did they find these zebras?! NAIA? Big-12? They were in over their heads.

RibMan 7 years, 6 months ago

If we would have lost, it wouldn't have been Self's fault. The team, except for Kahn, just was not up for the game.

TheBurf 7 years, 6 months ago

I wonder if Lauren had two articles written...

riverdrifter 7 years, 6 months ago

Oh, yeah:


itiswhatitis 7 years, 6 months ago

thanks to whoever performed that last second heimlich manuver

yankeelady 7 years, 6 months ago

I totally agree on the officiating. It was the worst I've seen all year. We had to beat Davidson and the zebras. But we did it. Rock on Jayhawks.

antney 7 years, 6 months ago

Gotta give it up for Sasha Kaun, who didn't start but made a huge impact in the game.

Oracle_of_Rhode 7 years, 6 months ago

Worst ..refs...ever.

But WE WON!!!!!!!! YAARRRGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bring on the Tar Heels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pity2bu 7 years, 6 months ago

Here we go again blaming it on the officiating. Get over it KU almost lost to Davidson because they were out played!

Can't wait till next Saturday when NC will open a can a Whhhhhoooooopppp A on KU.. KU 's laundry list for next week, lots of ointment for the a chaffing they will get!

Because KU always clutches.....

BrianR 7 years, 6 months ago

Kahn was brilliant!

Zebras were blind.

Hot diggity dog!!!!

yankeelady 7 years, 6 months ago

Go away with the doom and gloom- our Self will find a way

Kontum1972 7 years, 6 months ago i said be 4...we are coming for u and tarhicks...Roy is not going to be happy....but who cares....ROCK ON HAWKS....get the real game face on boys....take em down...

trinity 7 years, 6 months ago

pity, you can just shove it. there were sooo many missed calls against davidson-i'd have sworn the refs were playing for them!

ROCK CHALK BABIES, HERE WE GOOOOOOO!!! WOOHOO! the tarholes ain't gonna know what hit 'em eh? :) ROCK ON 'HAWKS I LOVE YOU!!!!

tailg8prty 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm probably the last one that will blame the refs for anything because I think if you are good enough you should be able to overcome that. But the officiating was brutal. I will leave it at that.

What was more brutal was watching the hawks play this game with zero emotion. Thank god for Kaun and his performance. Mr. Arthur welcome back for another year of college hoops. You show no enthusiasm on the floor and can't dominate a weak opponent. The rest of the team was just as bad (except for Kaun and Chalmers in the 1st half) OUr game plan stunk. We couldn't even inbound the ball and we didn't even know who was supposed to inbound the ball. We got big time lucky today. If these guys show up next saturday with this type of play then UNC will blow us off the court. Horrible coaching job by coach Self. There is so much I want to spew about how pathetic we looked that I will just stop here.

One last thing, I'm tired of undertalented teams dictating the way we play. Maybe the UNC on the uniform will change their mindset. Hallelujah we won!

unklemonkey 7 years, 6 months ago

Terrible, awful, horrendous, deficient, inferior, lousy, poor, rotten, substandard, unacceptable, ungodly, unsatisfactory, wretched, defective, faulty, flawed, low-grade, mediocre, second-rate, unspeakable, bum, villainous, appalling, atrocious, dreadful, frightful, ghastly, hideous, horrendous, horrid, horrifying, nightmarish officiating.

Despite that, thankfully, the Hawks were able to pull it out.

mom_of_three 7 years, 6 months ago

Now, that is is over, that was probably the worst officiating of the tournament in a KU game. Davidson is a great team, but they seemed to be getting the benefit of the doubt from the refs on out of bounds call. Thank goodness we played great defense, especially for the last 15 seconds.
KU played probably the worst since the first game of the big 12 tournament, didn't have any breaks from the refs, but they were able to gut out a win.
Get Collins healthy, don't let him breathe on anyone else, and lets go after Carolina.
Can't wait.

gwjayhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

"I don't give a *&^% about North Carolina."

Roy Williams and I share the same sentiment.

trinity 7 years, 6 months ago

so is anybody going to meet&greet the team???

njoy 7 years, 6 months ago

Happy with the win...NOT happy with everything else. We should have stomped this team. Glad I didn't spend money to travel to the Final Four!

riverdrifter 7 years, 6 months ago

Pity: Get back to work, the drive-through is backing up. Yes, I'd like fries with that.

Linda Aikins 7 years, 6 months ago

100% agree with the officiating. Un-believable!

Congratulations boys! You had me scared that you were going to play your OSU game. Actually you did a lot of the time. Thanks to Mario and Sasha for keeping us in the game until the others could do something. They were flatfooted and so unenergetic. I thought I was going to have to put up my KU flag. WHEW!

gccs14r 7 years, 6 months ago

If KU plays like that next weekend, UNC will win by 30.

jayhawkjg 7 years, 6 months ago

Congrats Jayhawks, you pulled it out when the chips were down. Go KU beat NC next week, Jayhawks rock!!

Brian Conrad 7 years, 6 months ago

Hard to believe players can stand around so much, no attacking the offesive boards . Darrell plays like he is about 50 % effert most of the time. wish he would understand how good he can be. he needs to understand give eveything he has next 2 games will be most important of his life. Stud preformance he will be high first round pick . play like today low second round KEY IS GIVE 100 %

njoy 7 years, 6 months ago

gccs14r, I agree except I think it will be by 40. Brandon Rush, welcome to the bench of the LA Clippers next year. You can miss threes for them before you goto the Euro league.

blakus 7 years, 6 months ago

ROCK CHALK!! Roy is next! Been waiting for this match up for years!

acoupstick 7 years, 6 months ago

I will now be installing a defibrulator in my living room.

jumpin_catfish 7 years, 6 months ago

earthus is correct, luck was on our side because we played terrible, the referees blow a few but KU played sub par. With that said I hope they pound the livin' crap out of UNC and royboy. Go Hawks!

cellogrl 7 years, 6 months ago

Acoupstick, I'm right there with you. Maybe we could get a group discount on those defibrulators. :)

Rickyonealku 7 years, 6 months ago

Congrats to Davidson for winning 25 games in a row...and now FINAL FOUR!!!!! Rock Chalk Jayhawks.....Good Luck against North Carolia KU.....great year so far Kansas now rest those tired legs and get ready for San Antonio, Texas....

OnlyTheOne 7 years, 6 months ago

Ponder CBS asks itself, "Where are the big money markets?" Ponder NCAA asks itself, "Where are the big money markets?" Answer sure would be nice to have UNC, UCLA, TEXAS and another big East Coast team. Then look back to the officiating in the KU games......... But sometimes the games, even with rotten officiating, don't end up the way the big boys want.

itiswhatitis 7 years, 6 months ago

I want to win BAD!!! But my God, can we quit with the Roy bashing?? Sound like jilted ex-wives!!!

JennyRay 7 years, 6 months ago

does anyone know when the players will arrive at allen fieldhouse? im going but i need to know what time!!! i need to see my lovers come home :]

yourworstnightmare 7 years, 6 months ago

KU played badly and Davidson played well.

The officiating was atrocious. Four O fouls on KU in the first half? The last one against Rush was ludicrous. The officials definitely were caught up in the Cinderella hype.

The refs kept Davidson in it in the first half.

tailg8prty 7 years, 6 months ago

Why i don't like UNC.. Used to think UNC was like a brother school but after Dean and the boys pushed Doherty out they at least could've waited until Dean's alma mater was done for the season. But since UNC wanted to be a part of the final four Doherty resigned the week of the final four and all of these questions about Roy leaving came up. I don't fault Roy for leaving. He went home. But Dean could've done a better job of looking out for HIS alma mater.

nobody1793 7 years, 6 months ago

With the way Sasha has been stepping up, I'm looking forward to the matchup with Tyler "slack jaw" Hansbrough.

monkeyspunk 7 years, 6 months ago

Having been a both athlete and official, I don't often complain about officiating, but there were a bunch of calls against Davidson that were missed.

BUT, the athlete side of me says, if you let a game be decided by officiating then you probably didn't play as well as you should have.

You have to have the bad days sometimes, and when you can still win and move on, all the better. Lesson learned and still a chance to play on. Go Hawks!

weeslicket 7 years, 6 months ago

"The refs kept Davidson in it in the first half."

actually, the refs kept davidson in the game the whole way through. usually, poor officiating balances out. though not today. that said, ku won a slog-fest. winning ugly is still winning.

most champions have to play for their lives at least once in the tournament. neither of the other number one seeds have done that. that last fact only benefits ku if bill self can get his team ready to play TWO games-- vs UNC, and then vs. UCLA/Memphis. get these kids ready to play for it all!

come on ku! this is the year!

notajayhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

pity2bu (Anonymous) says:

"Here we go again blaming it on the officiating. Get over it KU almost lost to Davidson because they were out played!"

Well, technically, almost outplayed - I believe they won. ;)

The officiating was horrendous, but sadly, it has been all year long, and for those of you who have watched games not involving KU, I think you'll probably agree it has been pretty bad nationwide. I can't even remember how many coaches were reprimanded for criticizing the officiating this season, TV commentators have vocally questioned calls much more frequently, sportswriters have written columns not just about a certain bad call or two, but about the entire pattern of poor quality refs this year. I've seen more than a few games where in the neighborhood of fifty fouls were called, and even if those are called evenly, it really interferes with the flow of the game, and that probably affected KU more than Davidson tonight. But realistically, that rather unproductive final KU possession, the one gave Davidson the ball back with plenty of time to tie or win, had nothing to do with the refs.

I don't think it was a case of them playing 'bad' and Davidson playing good, as some have said ... again, hey, last time I checked having more points on the board at the final buzzer means they were the better team. But I have seen them play better - they did score almost 30 below their season average, remember. Maybe they had jitters because the other three one-seeds were already in, and never before have the four one-seeds gone to the Final Four. Who knows.

Lots of sportswriters have commented that KU plays to the level of their opponents, whether that means playing up or playing down. I think that's probably true, and yes, that means I'm fairly sure you'll see a much better performance from your Jayhawks next weekend.


knayte 7 years, 6 months ago

I second the notion that all the Roy-bashing is pathetic.

jayhawks71 7 years, 6 months ago

The fouls were one thing (e.g., Darnell barely if at all touched a guys elbow... foul! Davidson guards bump Robinson OFF of his dribble drive... no call), but there were a couple of plays where the ball went out of bounds and they called it off of KU that were clearly wrong. I DVRed the game and kept backing it up over the commercials because I couldn't believe my eyesight was that bad both times. No, the officials were wrong on at least those two. Props to Sherron Collins for playing the role of glue on Curry there at the end. I think Curry was going to shoot that ball if he had an inch...he didn't have an inch. Way to go 'Hawks. It is time Roy. The bell tolls next Saturday night.

davidsmom 7 years, 6 months ago

I think Texas A&M should have beaten UCLA because of the A&M shooter who was "mugged" near the end and no foul was called on UCLA. Bad officiating seems to be common...but if the Jayhawks had played to their ability, the bad calls shouldn't have made that much difference. Glad a close, ugly win is still a win. But they have to bring their 'A' game against NC instead of their 'C' game or the blowout will be beyond embarrassing. Go Jayhawks!

Jeff Kilgore 7 years, 6 months ago

Self can breathe a sigh of relief. Future KU teams will benefit from this win. Lots of close officiating calls. Not always good. For you Self bashers. SHUT UP. 81.3 winning %. Where in the h*ll would these haters find anybody better? In their dreams!

jonas 7 years, 6 months ago

"I second the notion that all the Roy-bashing is pathetic."

It always has been.

Thedude0O 7 years, 6 months ago

Hey davidson, you can't defend by shoving your forearms into KU's backs. screw the refs. KU vs. UNC = Prime Time!

mom_of_three 7 years, 6 months ago

In my house, Roy is called "he who must not be named." 'Course, this is from a kid who cried during the press conference, vows never to step foot into Carolina, and won't wear anything if you call it Carolina Blue. and the kid was only 10 when Roy left.

motomom 7 years, 6 months ago

roy's gonna be singing the ol' tarheel blues---------heehee went to the field house last night and it was amazing....the field house was electric...there musta been at least 5 or 6,000 fans there....... bring on those cry baby blues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hoopsahoy 7 years, 6 months ago

Yeah the officiating was bad, in fact worse than bad, but how about CBS cutting away to 60 minutes before we got to watch KU cut down the nets? Complete and utter disrespect. What will it take for ESPN to pick up the whole tournament? CBS does a lousy job.

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